Makers of Memories Foundation and U.S. Congressman John Conyers Publish Op-ed Addressing Effects of Domestic Violence on Children in The Hill

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Op-ed Reveals Startling New Statistics

Brian F. Martin, founder and Chairman of The Makers of Memories Foundation, co-wrote an op-ed in The Hill last week focused on the damaging effects of domestic violence on children. Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), joined Martin in writing the piece, which was inspired by October’s Congressional Briefing regarding the issue. At the briefing, Conyers called for an oversight hearing to assess what can and should be done to end the cycle of violence. Two congressional colleagues, Reps. Gwen Moore (D-Wis.) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), also called for more action from the federal government.

The op-ed reveals several startling statistics about the effects that domestic violence has on children. Described by UNICEF as “one of the most damaging, unaddressed human rights violations in the world today,” domestic violence impacts 3 million children in the U.S. and 275 million children worldwide each year. There are 40 million American adults who experienced domestic violence in childhood and still live with its damaging effects. Research shows the impacts of childhood exposure are so severe that affected individuals meet the clinical criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder.

More than 75 percent of children who witness domestic violence will go on to repeat what they learned in adulthood. Based on these statistics, the only way to end the cycle of violence is to address these children.

For more information or to arrange interviews, contact Jillian Nannery at The TASC Group: Phone: 646-723-4344; Email: Jill(at)thetascgroup(dot)com.

About The Makers of Memories Foundation:
The Makers of Memories Foundation works to end the cycle of domestic violence through an innovative national campaign focused on the children who are being impacted as well as adults who experienced violence when they were young and are still living with the effects. Learn more at makersofmemories.org.

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